Student Standouts and Faculty & Staff Features for April 1

Student Standouts: Charger the Ram, Rickers ’22, Tschudy ’22, Herzog ’23, Pellegrini ’23, Iken ’24, Clennan ’26, Fischer ’26, Madala ’26, HOSA Club, Boys Lacrosse

Faculty and Staff Features: Kay and Nickelson

Congratulations to this week’s standouts below. Way to go #RamNation! And as always, if you have a story to share, please email

Charger the Ram Voted the Best Mascot in the World*

Students across the globe voted on the mascot they think best shows school spirit, and Charger the Ram won by a landslide! Charger is known for encouraging MICDS Rams to show their spirit, and can often be seen at School functions such as Homecoming and other athletic events. He’s also our favorite admissions Rambassador, encouraging prospective families to check out our amazing school. And did you know he is a published author? He has his own coloring book! Charger has also hit the silver screen, starring in a variety of School videos. What an amazing mascot!

*April Fools!

Senior Earns Spot on Girls Lacrosse Players to Watch List

Olivia Rickers ’22 has recently been named to the Girls Lacrosse Players to Watch list by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As a junior, she led the Rams in goals, assists, and ground balls. In the State Title game, she earned the player of the game recognition. Go, Olivia!

Senior Makes Boys Lacrosse Players to Watch List

Senior Kai Tschudy ’22 made the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s roster of Boys Lacrosse Players to Watch. He is regarded as the team’s highest-rated defensive player.

Junior Wins Prize at Artists' Guild Young Artists Showcase

Congratulations to Peter Herzog ’23 for being awarded the JHL & J Prize at the 2022 Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild! With his prize came $150. Way to go, Peter!

Ram to Serve on KEEN's Junior Leadership Board

Deren Pellegrini ’23 has been selected to serve on KEEN’s (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Junior Leadership Board. Congratulations, Deren!

Sophomore to Perform in Three Muny Shows this Summer

Get ready to cheer on MICDS’ Benjamin Iken ’24 as he performs in not one, not two, but three Muny mainstage shows this summer! Benjamin is a member of the Muny Teens performance troupe. He’ll be performing under the stars in Chicago (June 13-19), Mary Poppins (July 5-13), and Legally Blonde The Musical (July 25-31)! Break a leg, Benjamin!

Middle School Money Madness for Ukraine

Out of the Eighth Grade Community Service Student Interest Group came a recent Middle School donation drive to raise money to support Ukraine. The drive, led by Carrie Clennan ’26 and Sophia Fischer ’26, included a game element where the Middle School grades competed to collect the most money (eighth vs. seventh vs. fifth and sixth grade combined). Students donated coins and dollar bills to their respective grade’s collection bucket.

The total amount collected was $1,375 with eighth grade raising the most money, $636.26. The money went to UNICEF which promised to match donations, which means that $2,750 total was donated. Thank you, Middle Schoolers, for your generous donations, and congratulations, eighth grade!

MICDS Eighth Grader Makes it to Regional Spelling Bee

Abhiram Madala ’26 recently earned a spot as one of the 2022 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee Finalists! He is highlighted here in a brief profile and photos of him during the competition can be seen here. Way to go, Abhiram!

HOSA Club Heads to State Conference

The MICDS Future Health Professionals Club, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), headed to the State Conference this week at Rolla High School in Rolla, Missouri. “Embedded in the State Leadership Conference (SLC) is the State HOSA Competition,” explains HOSA Club Sponsor and Upper School Science Teacher Christine Pickett. “We have two groups of students who qualified through the first round of the competition to compete at the State level!” Below are the students who competed:

CPR/1st Aid Category:
Saivi Gadi ’25
Amisha Poojari ’25
Parliamentary Procedure Category:
Sanjana Gandhi ’25
Ric Jain ’25
Abhinav Katyal ’25
Diane Li ’24
Yash Malhotra ’25
Anika Mulkanoor ’25

Arjun Puri ’25

The Parliamentary Procedure team came in second at State! The team will move on to the International competition which will be held in Nashville this June. And although the CPR/First Aid team did not place, the team had the only two freshmen in that event who competed against seasoned teams.

Prior to the state conference, Pickett took HOSA leaders Gadi, Gandhi, and Malhotra to Jefferson City in December for a workshop on how to prepare for the big HOSA competition. They attended various workshops to better prepare the entire group for the Spring Leadership Conference and competition. Go Rams!

Boys Lacrosse Defeats Memphis University School with Help from George Herron '23

The MICDS Boys Lacrosse team defeated Memphis University School on Saturday, 10-5. Goalie George Herron ’23 is in the spotlight in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recap along with many highlights from the team that all contributed to the win. Herron made 18 saves, some of which his teammates called “mind-blowing.” Keep it up, Rams!

Faculty Feature: Coach Andy Kay's 200th Victory

Congratulations to Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Andy Kay for coaching his 200th MICDS Boys Lacrosse victory! The team beat SLUH 19-7. This accomplishment was highlighted by KSDK last Friday. Check it out below! Outstanding job, Coach Kay!

Mock Trial Coach Honored as Attorney Coach of the Year

On Saturday, March 26, the attorney who coaches the MICDS Mock Trial team, Rebecca Nickelson, was recognized as Attorney Coach of the Year. Nickelson, a partner at Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska LLC, has coached MICDS Upper School students for more than two decades. The Bar Association of St. Louis manages and offers the High School Mock Trial program in St. Louis and across the state. Each year, teams of MICDS students compete in at least two rounds of trial. This year, our teams advanced to regionals in mid-March. Rebecca provides legal consultations for the team, which is also led by Upper School faculty Dr. Tanya Roth and Jason Asher. Aanya Tiwari ’23, who has been a part of Mock Trial for three seasons, presented the award and spoke in Rebecca’s honor. “I was beyond honored to be able to speak about my coach and present her the ‘Coach of the Year’ award at the St. Charles County Courthouse on March 26,” shared Aanya. “From the start, she has been the anchor of the MICDS Mock Trial Program and is responsible for all its success. My team and I warmly congratulate her and look forward to more memorable seasons with our Mock Trial mom! I rest my case.” Congratulations, Coach!